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First American Kicks Off 10th Year of Innovative “Women in Leadership” Program

The program, which is designed to cultivate women leaders, continues to grow and now reaches more women in multiple ways.

First American Financial Corporation (NYSE: FAF) recently kicked off the 10th year of the company’s innovative “Women in Leadership” program. The Corporation is a leading provider of title insurance, settlement services and risk solutions for real estate transactions. First American gathered the program’s 2021 class at the Women in Leadership Institute™. A multi-day leadership conference, hosted by Linkage, took place in Orlando. Linkage is a global leadership development firm that advances women and accelerates inclusion in leaders and organizations.

Furthering women’s professional development

Each year, First American business leaders identify approximately a dozen of the company’s top-performing and emerging women leaders. These leaders then have the chance to participate in the Women in Leadership program. Designed to cultivate women leaders and provide a forum for participants to have important conversations about the company and their own professional development, the program helps further enhance a culture that empowers women and plays a powerful role in career development.

Sally French Tyler is executive vice president and group president of First American Title’s residential and commercial operations. She co-founded First American’s Women in Leadership program with Mark Rutherford. Rutherford is senior vice president and head of human resources at First American. The goal is to further engage leadership in a company whose employee base is approximately 70 percent women.

“When we launched the program in 2012, the first in the title and settlement industry, we recognized the tremendous opportunity to engage with and support the emerging women leaders within the company,” said Tyler, who also recently received the Linkage Women in Leadership Executive Impact Award. “We continue to expand the program to reach even more of the women making a difference within First American and the industry, and often the program enhancements are generated by graduates of the program.”

A leadership program for women who want results

Earlier this year, First American launched the Women in Leadership Mentoring Program. This is a 12-month program that engages alumnae of the company’s Women in Leadership program as mentors for the next generation of women leaders. In 2019, the company introduced its Spark program, an initiative focused on providing leadership development and networking opportunities to a broader group of women within First American through virtual events that give Women in Leadership alumnae a platform to take an active role in developing future women leaders within the company.

Entering its 10th year, First American’s Women in Leadership program has produced 91 graduates. Graduates are pioneering new approaches throughout the company. Forty-five percent of the program’s alumnae have received promotions, with many promoted multiple times. First American’s Women in Leadership program is one reason Fortune® magazine and Great Place to Work®, the global authority on workplace culture, have recognized First American as one of the 2021 Best Workplaces for Women™, marking the company’s sixth consecutive year on the list.

About First American

First American Financial Corporation (NYSE: FAF) is a leading provider of title insurance, settlement services and risk solutions for real estate transactions. The company traces its heritage back to 1889. First American also provides title plant management services; title and other real property records and images; valuation products and services; home warranty products; banking, trust and wealth management services; and other related products and services. First American had a total revenue of $7.1 billion in 2020. The company offers its products and services directly and through its agents throughout the United States and abroad. In 2021, it was named to the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For® list for the sixth consecutive year. Find more information about the company at

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